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Annual Art Grant

As part of its role in supporting the creative sector and promoting creative production, Misk Art Institute launched an annual Art GRANT.

Emerging and promising artists and creatives are invited to offer creative proposals as art groups or individual artists in the fields of visual art, sculpture, photography, and multidisciplinary art.The grant offers creatives an opportunity to improve their artistic practices, to work closely with a selection of curators and mentors and increase creative production. The grant facilitates and provides technical and financial support to the selected applicants.

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Per invitation only

Submission Due: July 10th


Grant theme for 2020

When the pandemic hit the world, it forced us to take a breath and reflect on the fast-paced life we live in. The new norm has a unique impact on each one of us, especially artists. Artists are trying to maintain a creative mindset even if they have no access to their studios and tools. While artists Dwell, they have the chance to self-reflect, generate, and gather ideas, experiment, innovate, and create.

Convinced of the fundamental role artists play in capturing extraordinary events in a distinct and valuable creative artwork, Misk Art Institute takes the concept of Dwell as the theme of the first Art Grant for 2020. The participants can unleash their imagination unrestricted on tools and subjects to present a creative artistic statement that tells the story of this stage of our lives. These artworks will be available to be displayed on various platforms, both locally and internationally by the Institute.

Terms and Conditions:

1- The artist should be Saudi or a resident in Saudi Arabia for at least 10 years

2- The proposed creative project can be actualized

3- The project should start after the grant is received.

4- The proposed artwork should not be ephemeral. Artwork must be sustainable as it will be displayed more than once.

5- The project should convey the message of Mukooth and be an original concept.

6- Incomplete projects will not be accepted.

7- Both individual artists and art groups are welcome to apply.

8- The project could be executed during a duration of 6 months.

9- The institute offers up to 100K SAR grants.

10- The proposal should present a detailed budget, including production, management, and artist fees.

11- Misk Art Institute has all ownership rights of the work.

Selection Committee

Reem Fadda
Reem Fadda

Reem Fadda is an independent curator and art historian, a member of the International Academy of Arts in Palestine and a member of the jury of the Arab Youth Theater Fund. Reem has 6 years of experience as an associate curator for middle eastern art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York. Her role at the Guggenheim project helped shape its curatorial vision and West Asian and North African art collection.

Furthermore, from 2005 to 2007, Fadda was the director of PACA in Ramallah (the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art). Fadda has curated several international exhibitions and biennials on the art, architecture and geopolitics of the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013), Birzeit (2017); Not New Now, 6th Marrakech Biennale, (2016), and Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds) the inaugural exhibition at The Palestinian Museum.

Laila Al Faddagh
Laila Al-Faddagh

Laila AlFaddagh holds a bachelor’s degree in Art and a Master’s in Science in the field of international studies with a focus on education and societal human development. Her career began in Saudi Aramco as a supervisor of contemporary art by developing exhibitions and building art collections for the museum, and this led her to her current position as head of museums at Ithra Centre (King Abdulaziz centre for World Culture), which includes four exhibitions, the Children's Museum, and the Energy Gallery in addition to temporary exhibitions. Her experience in Saudi Aramco’s Ithra Centre, Laila got the opportunity to work with the Los Angeles Museum of Art in the Department of Middle Eastern Art, in addition to her representation of the Kingdom and Saudi Aramco as a key member of the first Saudi pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, and she is also an active participant in the American Museum Association and Dubai Art.

Mohammed Al Shammarey
Mohammed Al-Shammarey

Al-Shammarey is an Iraqi born self-taught multidisciplinary artist that works with painting, photography, silk-screen printing, sculpture and book art. The artist’s captivating symbolic work is often inspired by literature and poetry, particularly the writing of Rumi, Mahmoud Darwish and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Mohammed has participated in many group exhibitions such as the British Museum’s 2006 Word into Art: Artists from the Modern Middle East exhibition, University of North Texas’s Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art traveling exhibition (2005-2008), Modernism and Iraq exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery as a part of Columbia University (2009), Iraqi Artists in Exile exhibition at the Station Museum of contemporary art in Houston, Texas (2014), Gallery R exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2016) and most recently Del Sur Bianialle in Venezuela and the Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington, DC (2018). In addition to many dedicated solo exhibitions held in Baghdad, Amman, Kuwait, and Houston, Texas.

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